OSX Intel verbose boot

Dear Lazyweb, how do I turn on verbose boot permanently on an Intel iMac? (No, I don't want to hold down Cmd-V every time.)

On PPC Macs, the incantation was nvram boot-args="-v" but the Intel Macs don't have the same NVRAM variables.

Update: Hey, what do you know, it's the same command on Intel Macs, even though "boot-args" isn't there by default.

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PSA: Beware upgrading to Missing Sync 6.0.1

Dear Lazyweb, think twice before upgrading to Missing Sync 6.0.1.

I upgraded from 5.1.2 to 6.0.1 primarily because I wanted the new "SMS Log" app that archives the SMSes on your phone in a readable, searchable way.

However, they also replaced the "MemoPad" application with a new "Notes" application. Unfortunately, the new one is <LJ-CUT TEXT="full of bugs."> full of bugs:

  • If you have (say) 5 "notes" pages on your Palm, and you've edited a single character in one of them, then when you sync, you get a warning dialog about how "more than 5% of your data has changed". Because 1 note is more than 5% of 5 notes, you see. The only way around this is to change the sync settings globally to never give that warning for anything. Which is, you know, bad.
  • It re-orders your notes pages randomly every time you sync.

  • If you change a note on the Palm, sync, then launch the "Notes" app, your change isn't there. You have to quit and restart "Notes" a second time for it to show up. Their support goons had the audacity to call this intended behavior.

So, don't buy that upgrade. But if you do, it's possible to continue using the "MemoPad" application from version 5 with the rest of version 6: <LJ-CUT TEXT="Like so.">

  1. Run the Missing Sync 6 uninstaller.
  2. Run the Missing Sync 5 installer.
  3. Just force-quit the installer instead of rebooting.
  4. copy /Library/Application Support/Palm HotSync/Conduits/ MarkSpaceMemoPadConduit.plugin to your Desktop.
  5. copy /Applications/Missing Sync for Palm OS/Mark:Space MemoPad.app to your Desktop.
  6. Run the Missing Sync 5 uninstaller.
  7. Run the Missing Sync 6 installer (don't reboot yet).
  8. Move "Mark:Space MemoPad.app" back to /Applications/
  9. Move "MarkSpaceMemoPadConduit.plugin" back to /Library/Application Support/Palm HotSync/Conduits/
  10. Now let the installer reboot (maybe you don't need to do this, I'm not sure).
  11. Launch MissingSync and check the "MemoPad" conduit and un-check the "Notes" conduit.

Ok, but now you might find that the "Photos" conduit doesn't work any more. <LJ-CUT TEXT="So then..."> Apparently the MemoPad conduit from v5 interferes with it somehow. You can work around that by forcing the "MemoPad" conduit to run last. Edit /Library/Application Support/Palm HotSync/Conduits/MarkSpaceMemoPadConduit.plugin/ Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ConduitInfo.plist and change "Priority" from "3" to "2".

There, wasn't that simple?

Let that be a lesson to you: never upgrade.

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How often do you get to welcome your new Brain-Eating Amoeba Overlords? Srsly.

Best. Infographic. Evar.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Arizona Boy

PHOENIX -- A 14-year-old Lake Havasu boy has become the sixth victim to die nationwide this year of a microscopic organism that attacks the body through the nasal cavity, quickly eating its way to the brain.

"This is a heat-loving amoeba. As water temperatures go up, it does better," Beach said. "In future decades, as temperatures rise, we'd expect to see more cases."

The amoeba typically live in lake bottoms, grazing off algae and bacteria in the sediment. Beach said people become infected when they wade through shallow water and stir up the bottom. If someone allows water to shoot up the nose -- say, by doing a cannonball off a cliff -- the amoeba can latch onto the person's olfactory nerve.

The amoeba destroys tissue as it makes its way up to the brain.

People who are infected tend to complain of a stiff neck, headaches and fevers, Beach said. In the later stages, they'll show signs of brain damage such as hallucinations and behavioral changes.

Once infected, most people have little chance of survival. Some drugs have been effective stopping the amoeba in lab experiments, but people who have been attacked rarely survive, Beach said. "Usually, from initial exposure it's fatal within two weeks," Beach said.

In addition to the Arizona case, health officials reported two cases in Texas and three more in central Florida this year. In response, central Florida authorities started an amoeba telephone hot line advising people to avoid warm, standing water, or any areas with obvious algae blooms.

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